One of my first memories of being enchanted with filmmaking was a Discovery Channel show called Movie Magic (or something like that) detailing how special effects were created. From squibs (small explosions for gunshots) to miniatures (the helicopter crash from Cliffhanger), I was enthralled – especially when a guy called a foley artist took a chainsaw to a watermelon.
One of the less obvious aspects to filmmaking is easily the most important – the sound. Since little on-location sound is utilized nowadays (even the actor’s lines are recorded later in a studio called Additional Dialogue Recording, ADR), it becomes that much more important that you have a good sound guy.
So take a look at this video about foley artist Gary Hecker. You’ll appreciate the mere sound of footsteps in a film after watching this.